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El Paso ISD Students visit Apple Store to Learn Coding

Students from five EPISD middle schools rushed through Cielo Vista Mall earlier this month and it wasn’t to finish their Christmas shopping.

Bassett, Morehead, Armendariz, Charles and Henderson middle schools visited the Apple Store as part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) grant and a push to introduce students to the fundamentals of coding.

“Coding is part of the larger STEM initiative that is happening all over the country to get kids interested in those areas that we are going to need students involved in,” said Timothy Holt, Executive Director of Blended Learning. “Some of these kids are already interested in coding, but others may have never tried it at all.”

Around 30 students from each school visited the store. Each group was slotted an hour to work with Apple trainers on coding using the Swift Playgrounds app on their iPads.

Using the app, which uses Swift programming language, students directed a character through a simple maze by creating code functions.

unnamed (26)“The app works like a game. So they are learning actual coding language while playing the game,” Holt said. “This is a way of showing them they can be successful in coding. In the future there is going to be a need for more computer programmers not less.”

For eighth-grader Johana Lara coding is part of her family’s legacy. She started coding when she was around eight-years-old, thanks to her older brother who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now works for the software developing company MathWorks.

“I’ve worked with JavaScript and HTML. I thought it was difficult at first, but when my brother started at MIT he told me I should start coding,” Lara said. “I was intimidated by it, but once you start it will start becoming more familiar.”

Although she was hesitant at first, Lara now understands the value of learning code.

“I think it’s important for kids to know coding because it is part of the future,” Lara said. “It’s really essential because a lot of jobs today require for you to know more about computers and how to do things with technology.”

Student Omar Mintz is new to coding but as an avid video game enthusiast, he is excited to learn more about it. unnamed (25)

“I’m someone that really enjoys technology. I’ve always liked being part of a virtual world that you can get lost in,” Mintz said.

His favorite games of the moment are Star Wars Battlefront and Final Fantasy XV. As part of the VILS tech team, Mintz has started to learn more about the inner workings of technology –specifically the coding language essential to creating the games he loves.

“We’ve done coding in homeroom, and I’ve enjoyed it so far,” Mintz said. “I like the puzzle aspect that it has to it. I’ve actually put in personal time and effort to learn coding.”

Mintz hopes what he is learning will help launch his future endeavors in programming, and after seeing the sequencing involved in a simple app he has come to appreciate the amount of time that goes into making video games.

“I think that game developers put a lot of effort into making these games,” Mintz said. “Coming here has been a great experience. I am glad they allowed Bassett to come.”

Students at 59 EPISD Campuses will get Free School Lunch, Breakfast

Students 59 El Paso Independent School District campuses will get free school lunches and breakfasts thanks to national program aimed at providing more nutritious meals students.

Laura Durán, EPISD’s Director of Food and Nutrition Services, announced that the District once again will participate in the Community Eligibility Program from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The Community Eligibility Program, or CEP, provides breakfast and lunch to all children at no cost and eliminates the collection of meal application for free, reduced-priced and paid students meals.

“The application process can be cumbersome for some families, and we know that there are many of our schools that will have a majority of the students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals,” Durán said. “This program gives us the opportunity to reach as many students as we can in order to give them a nutritious meal that will help them be ready for instruction.”

The CEP targets schools with high volumes of students who would already qualify for free or reduced-priced meals based on income or other eligibility requirements.

The schools participating the program are:

• Elementary Schools: About Face, Alta Vista, Aoy, Barron, Beall, Bliss, Bonham, Bradley, Burleson, Burnet, Clardy, Clendenin, Coldwell, Collins, Cooley, Crockett, Crosby, Douglass, Dowell, Fannin, Moye, Hawkins, Hillside, Johnson, Lamar, Lee, Logan, Moreno, Newman, Park, Putnam, Powell, Rivera, Roberts, Rusk, Schuster, Stanton, Travis, Whitaker and Zavala.

• Middle Schools: Armendariz, Bassett, Canyon Hills, LaFarelle, Charles, Guillen, Henderson, Magoffin, Morehead, Terrace Hills, Wiggs.

• High Schools: Austin, Bowie, Chapin, Irvin, Jefferson, Telles Academy and the College, Career and Technology Academy.

Students attending schools not participating in the CEP may qualify free and reduced-price meals through the traditional application process. Each school in EPISD, as well as the Food and Nutrition Services Department, has a copy of the eligibility rules and guidelines policy that are used to determine participation.

Applications may be picked up at each campus, or they may be downloaded from the EPISD website at under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Applications are also available in at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 6531 Boeing.

New principals assigned to EPISD’s Terrace Hills, Bassett and Nixon schools

El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Juan Cabrera approved the appointment of three new principals at different Northeast schools.

The appointments are for Terrace Hills and Bassett middle schools, as well as Nixon Elementary School.

Christopher Smith is the new principal at Terrace Hills Middle School. Mr. Smith has served as the interim principal at Terrace since 2015. A former military police officer, Mr. Smith has served as a teacher and assistant principal in EPISD, and previously also worked as a facilitator for schools in Northeast El Paso.

Michelle B. Kirkland is the new principal at Bassett Middle School. Ms. Kirkland has served as the interim principal at Bassett Middle School, where she previously was an assistant principal. She is a graduate of Francis Marion University and the University of Texas at El Paso, and has served as a teacher in EPISD and the Department of Defense.

Christine Miles is the new principal at Dr. Nixon Elementary School. She has served as an assistant principal at Richardson Middle School since 2012, and previously worked as a teacher and assistant principal at Morehead Middle School and an English teacher at Irvin High School. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and New Mexico State University.

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